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Holland & Knight's Inaugural Israel Practice Newsletter - July 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

...We invite you to read our inaugural Israel Practice newsletter, in which our authors discuss pertinent American-Israeli topics. As Israel has been a crossroads and a prolific source of new ideas for more than 3,000 years,...more

Acting Comptroller Endorses Fintech Charters

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In July 19, 2017 remarks prepared for delivery to the Exchequer Club in Washington, D.C., Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika expressed his support for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (“OCC”)...more

Acting Comptroller Noreika confirms continued OCC interest in SPNB charter proposal for fintech companies; our thoughts on the...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika, in remarks on July 19 to the Exchequer Club, confirmed that the OCC is continuing to consider its proposal to allow financial technology (fintech) companies to apply for a...more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Code of Conduct as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Last year, one of the most interesting non-Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It involved a clear quid pro quo benefit paid out by United...more

Lessons From the CoinDash Initial Coin Offering Hack

On July 17, 2017, the CoinDash initial coin offering (ICO) was hacked within minutes of its launch, resulting in numerous potential purchasers sending their money to a fraudulent address. The hack has raised many questions...more

OCC FinTech Charter in Trump Administration Cards

by Goodwin on

If you are wondering about the prospects of the OCC FinTech national bank charter under the Trump Administration, we got a sign yesterday. In his remarks to the Exchequer Club in Washington, D.C., President Trump’s Acting...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 14

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Everything Compliance-Episode 14 Topics from Matt: 1.Trump Administration & FCPA enforcement— we have two declinations now; maybe a compare-and-contrast, and speculation on what a tough Trump Admin...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. After making a splash with the finalized version of its Arbitration Rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed temporary adjustments to the reporting requirements for...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Board Oversight as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Is a Board of Directors a compliance internal control? I think the clear answer is yes. In the FCPA Guidance, in the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program, there are two specific references to the obligations of a...more

Three big questions about AI in financial services

by White & Case LLP on

To ride the rising wave of AI, financial services companies will have to navigate evolving standards, regulations and risk dynamics—particularly regarding data rights, algorithmic accountability and cybersecurity....more

Gift Card Class Action Settles

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

SoulCycle, Inc. (“SoulCycle”) has agreed to pay up to $9.2 million to settle a gift card class action lawsuit in California. What were the allegations of wrongdoing against SoulCycle and what are the terms of settlement?...more

COMPLIANCE INTO THE WEEDS-EPISODE 46-THE POTTED PLANT EDITION

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I discuss the recent Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in HSBC v. Moore. In this case a federal district court had ordered the release of redacted monitor’s report in the HSBC...more

Day 11 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Internal Controls for Gifts, Travel and Entertainment

by Thomas Fox on

It is reasonable to expect that internal controls over gifts, travel and entertainment (GTE) be designed to ensure that all satisfy the criteria as defined in company policies. Generally speaking, these are fairly narrow,...more

Buyout Firms Must Take Action to Respond to Global Cyber Threats

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Cybercrime has become a critical issue for buyout firms as hackers are increasingly targeting sensitive business data to profit from insider knowledge. According to a Private Funds Management survey of 91 PE houses, 54% of PE...more

NYDFS Makes Inquiry into Life Insurers’ Use of Algorithmic Underwriting

On June 29, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued an information request pursuant to Section 308 of the New York Insurance Law addressed to all life insurers and fraternal benefit societies...more

NYDFS Updates FAQs to Clarify Cybersecurity Regulations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its cybersecurity regulations, 23 NYCRR 500, to address four new issues. NYDFS published its initial set of FAQs...more

Hacker Steals Millions from Virtual Currency Exchange Bithumb

A cyber-attack against–Bithumb–one of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges and one of the five largest in the world—has reaped access to the data of 30,000 users and drained their accounts in the process. Bithumb is...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Activist investor Nelson Peltz is officially taking on his biggest target yet—consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble. The announcement begins the public stage of a fight we’ve been waiting for since Peltz’s Trian Fund Mgmt...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 342, Melanie Johnson

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Melanie Johnson, co-founder of Elite Online Publishing, which aids entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professional athletes to create, publish, and market their books, to build their business...more

Day 9 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Mapping Your Compliance Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

As they made clear with several FCPA enforcement actions in 2016, the SEC has placed a renewed interest in the accounting provisions of the FCPA, specifically the internal controls provisions. The BHP enforcement continued...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 61, for the week ending July 14, the Summer in the City Edition

by Thomas Fox on

This week, Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance and ethics related stories, including: 1. HSBC monitor report protected from release. 2. The Odebrecht scandal continues to...more

Day 8 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-What is a Gap Analysis?

by Thomas Fox on

A gap analysis is a method of assessing the differences in performance between a business' internal controls to determine whether business requirements are being met and, if not, what steps should be taken to ensure they are...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Federal Reserve and FDIC Post Resolution Plans for Eight Major Financial Firms - On July 5, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board") and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") posted the public portions of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Vanguard CEO William McNabb announced plans yesterday to step down, a big announcement for the mutual fund giant that finds itself “in the middle of one of the biggest growth spurts ever experienced by a large asset...more

DFS Cyber Compliance Nightmare? Detailed survey results indicate compliance is far from reach

New York’s powerful Department of Financial Services (DFS) upended cybersecurity regulation with its new and sweeping “Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies,” which took effect on March 1, 2017. But is...more

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